Posted By Paul Tate, September 19, 2014 at 5:35 AM, in Category: Next-Generation Leadership and the Changing Workforce
Attracting the next generation of workers into the manufacturing industry has been a long-time challenge for both government agencies and manufacturing companies alike. The continuing shortage of new, skilled workers remains one of the industry’s most significant issues.
Many manufacturers already have extensive links in place with schools, colleges, universities and local industry associations in an effort to engage and educate the next generation of employees about how modern manufacturing works – highlighting the innovative new techniques and technologies it uses, and the important and rewarding career opportunities it now offers.
On October 3rd, the U.S. manufacturing industry will have another chance to showcase its achievements and prowess during this year’s Manufacturing Day.
Sponsored by a group of U.S. industry associations and media companies, Manufacturing Day features multiple events around the country where manufacturing companies open up their production facilities, host public tours or run educational workshops to help local communities and the new wave of workers better understand the potential of a manufacturing career.
This year over 1,000 events are already planned – from Minnesota to Miami, and from Hawaii to Puerto Rico. For details of an event near you see - http://www.mfgday.com/events
And if you want to get involved as a host, or share your story about what manufacturing means to you, see http://www.mfgday.com.
As one of the most important economic growth sectors in the world, and one of the key sources of innovative ideas for the future, manufacturers should take every opportunity to educate, celebrate and promote the impact of manufacturing on our daily lives.
* Manufacturing companies can also celebrate their latest acheivements by entering the 2015 Maufacturing Leadership Awards - click here for more details and how to enter.
Written by Paul Tate
Paul Tate is Research Director and Executive Editor with Frost & Sullivan's Manufacturing Leadership Council. He also directs the Manufacturing Leadership Council's Board of Governors, the Council's annual Critical Issues Agenda, and the Manufacturing Leadership Research Panel. Follow us on Twitter: @MfgExecutive